101 Best New Cocktails: Blond Ambition by Alex Day, Nitecap, New York, USA

by Gaz Regan · Saturday, March 29th, 2014 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

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Blond Ambition

Adapted from a recipe by Alex Day, Nitecap, New York, USA

“As for the name, umm, ’cause I’m blond and I hate naming drinks? I wish I had a good story, but I’m real dunce when it comes to this area,” Alex Day

45 ml (1.5 oz) Chamomile-infused Pierre Ferrand Ambre CognacBlond Ambition - Copy

15 ml (.5 oz) Old Weller 107 Bourbon

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Carpano Antica Formula

7.5 ml (.25 oz) Yellow Chartreuse

1 lemon twist, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass.  Add the garnish.

gaz sez:  I was recently at Nitecap, the new bar owned by Dave Kaplan and Alex Day, the duo who I recently partnered with to open the gaz bar, a joint we hope to open sometime in 2014, and I was joined by Naren Young, the Kiwi bartender who has deservedly made quite a name for himself in the Big Apple.

Dominic Venegas happened to be behind the stick that night, and I told him that Manhattans and Negronis were my two favorite drinks, and asked him to make me something that might suit me taste.  Blond Ambition was the resultant cocktail, and my, oh my, it pushed my buttons so very well.  Congrats, then, go to Alex Day for creating this fabulous cocktail, and to Dominic Venegas for knowing how to please his guests.

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